Tuesday, 6 October 2015

"Candy Corn" - a Halloween Whimsy Design for October

For my October whimsy, I've naturally turned to Halloween for inspiration.
 
Since I already made some whimsies last Halloween, with shadowy birds, dripping blood and skeleton hands, I felt drawn to something a bit lighter.


Thanks to a brainstorming session with my friend Sarah, we have a candy corn whimsy!


Complete with candy-corn-coloured flower and velvet leaves, handmade candy corn pieces and a light peach-coloured veil.


I took the photoshoot as an opportunity to bring out some of my favourite old Halloween decorations.


These particular items have been around since I was a kid. I remember the year we got Jack, with his squishy funny face. I think there was a whole collection, although we only had one. Does anyone else remember these or did anyone have one?


He's a bit worse for wear now, particularly from some conflicts with cat claws.


But still loveable. I'm not sure how he makes that face though. I gave this some serious effort and quite a few attempts.


He likes feeling pretty, although he doesn't want to admit it.


Anyway...another thing I've been meaning to do is show an alternative way to wear a whimsy. My understanding is that the true-to-vintage way is with the flower (or other main decoration) at the top and centre of the head, with the veil coming down to just below the eyes or nose.


If you prefer though, I think this looks great with the flower to the side, an the veil arranged over the head from there. Depending on the exact position, you can have the veil fall where you like, even just over your hair if you aren't sure about face veils.


I love that one. It makes me look like I have a crazy nose (while conveniently hiding my actual nose!).


This whimsy is up in my Etsy shop (as are two of last years designs), and ready to ship!

Halloween lovers, how do you like your decorations and outfits? Fun, whimsical and bright, or dark and ominous? (Or a bit of both!)

12 comments:

  1. This is super cute! I love the tiny candy corns!

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  2. This is magnificent. I adore the candy corns and the colours in the flower are just perfect. Nice to see that your whimsy designs are staying strong all year.

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    1. Thank you! That is so sweet. I'm really glad you said that because I have been trying hard to keep good ideas coming :)

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  3. lol Tanith, your too funny :) I love this post. I love that you made it playful and fun just like the whimsy.

    I like the whimsy worn the way you had it but I'm sure it looks great no matter how you display it. Good job on another fantastic design!

    Liz :)

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    1. Hehe I feel less silly by actually being silly than by trying to be serious! Thank you :)

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  4. Being silly for the camera is sooo much easier than being serious! Love the playful colors of this whimsy and combined with the cute pictures ~ too fun! :D ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. The amount of time I've spent fussing over serious images and worrying about the wrinkles or dark shadows or whatever, but I'm happy to post the dumbest face I can make! I think this is the way forward for me as a model :P

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  5. A bit of both for me, please. I like the cute + whimsical side of the day a lot and always will, but my inner goth girl needs a bit of the macabre and dark side of the day as well.

    This whimsy is over the (harvest) moon awesome! I really like candy corn, you know. It isn't everyone's fav, but I think it's such an iconic sweet and try to find some GF candy corn each year (it doesn't always happen, but I try). Are you able to find candy corn in Australia?

    Wishing you an awesome All Hallows' Eve countdown!
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Candy corn is certainly not around much here, but there are a few stores that focus on imported candy and other foodstuffs (often from the UK and USA) and I think it is usually in those places. I try not to visit them too often or I would do nothing but eat box after box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch :P

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  6. This one is such fun and it is nice to see a different take on a piece for Halloween. Good to see it styled the other way, I really like that too.

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    1. Thanks, Kate-Em! Showing different stylings for the same hat/headpiece is something I want to do more of!

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